The Definitive Holiday Gift Guide For Your Master Chef - 12 Tools Dan and Diana Swear By

We love to cook, experiment and play in the kitchen. Whether it’s a party, a gathering with family and friends or a simple family dinner, we have always found the kitchen to be the center of action in the house. Spending as much time as we do in the kitchen, we’ve come to understand how kitchen gadgets and cookware can really transform the cooking experience. From our kitchen to yours, these are some of our personal favorites.

Le Creuset 7 1/4 Quart Round Dutch Oven

This orange beauty is a classic Dutch oven. We use Le Creuset cast iron Dutch ovens every single day in the Whisk kitchen, and they hold up like champs. We deep-fry, braise, make stew, bake bread, and do just about everything else in these pots. This versatile kitchen pot may be pricey, but you absolutely get what you pay for.


Wusthof Classic 8” Chef’s Knife

The most indispensable of knives, the Wusthof 8” Chef's Knife is essential for preparing any meal, no matter how tough the prep. Made in Germany with a full-tang blade for balance, this knife is a favorite when it comes to chopping, dicing and slicing.


Messermeister 8” Take Apart Kitchen Scissors

A definite kitchen must-have, these multifunctional scissors allow you to open food packaging, clip herbs, dice bacon, skin chicken, trim artichokes and much more. Its non-slip handle design is suitable for both right- and left-handed users.


Cameron Products Insulated Tortilla Warmer

Keep tortillas toasty warm—not soggy or dried out—for well over an hour with this spicy kitchen helper. It's incredibly simple to use, durable and holds a ton of tortillas of any size. Take your tacos to another level with this handy tool.


Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler

It may look like a simple vegetable peeler, but this is a standout. It's light, sharp and designed to smoothly glide over food, removing just enough peel without jamming. It's very inexpensive, but that belies its careful design, tough-as-nails carbon steel blade and incredible endurance over years of use. Our instructors swear by it!


FINEX 12” Cast Iron Frying Skillet

It’s the most versatile pan you’ll ever own! The FINEX Cast Iron Frying Skillet is polished smooth for perfect eggs every time. It’s as useful for baking as it is for searing hearty steaks, chops and salmon. Introduce a lid and you can easily steam, braise and simmer. From stovetop to oven to grill—even over the coals—the FINEX Cast Iron Frying Skillet is a trusted essential you’ll pass down for generations.


Vitamix A3500 Blender

The powerhouse of the Vitamix blender family, the A3500 blender is intelligently designed inside and out. The machine offers five smart program settings that automatically detect the size of the container in use, so foods are perfectly blended according to volume and consistency. A built-in programmable timer can be set to stop the blender when processing is complete, so you don't have to monitor its progress.


ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4

The Mk4 is the fastest and most accurate thermometer on the market. Its display auto-rotates, illuminates in low light and wakes up when you lift it. It takes a single AAA alkaline battery and is also capable of surviving a half-hour bath in liquids.


OXO Good Grips 11lb Food Scale with Pull Out Display

This food scale is small, easy to use, and has a nifty display that can be pulled out if you're measuring bulky items. The platform pops off for easy cleaning, and the controls are plainly visible. This one's a keeper!


Cuisinart Elite Collection 12-Cup Food Processor

The Cuisinart Elite food processor packs 1000 watts of power for effortless food prep, tackling even the toughest tasks with speed and precision. The ultimate kitchen multitasker, it comes complete with stainless-steel chopping/mixing blades, a dough blade, an adjustable slicing disc and a reversible shredding disc.

Progressive PL8 Cubing Mandoline

Slice, julienne, cube, waffle-cut and more with this professional-grade mandoline. A quick and easy way to prep veggies and fruit, this mandoline features four grades of slicing thickness, a durable stainless steel slicing deck and a nonslip base. Thanks to integrated, multi-function blades and handy controls, changing from julienning to slicing or adjusting slice thickness is as simple as turning a knob. An included hand guard snaps onto guide rails for safe, stable slicing.

Microplane Classic Zester Grater

The razor-sharp edges and comfortable grip of this grater creates flakes of hard cheese, chocolate and zest. Top salads and pastas with Parmesan Reggiano or add natural flavors to lemon crème brûlée or vinaigrette. The stainless steel plane grates fine, lacy wisps from even the hardest cheeses, and the soft-touch handle eases fatigue.

Whether you’re shopping for the aspiring iron chef or a seasoned master, these tools are guaranteed to delight and excite this holiday season. Stop by Whisk this month to shop these tools and so much more for the perfect gifts and stocking stuffers!